2017 Family Reunions – New Hanover, PA

              “The Henckel Family Association Reunion 2017”

                             New Hanover, Pennsylvania


We kicked off the 2017 Henckel Family Reunion with Christopher Temporelli singing our National Anthem. Chris came all the way from South Korea. He is a renowned opera singer and Branch V family member. His rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was outstanding!


Richard Henkel’s next surprise was the introduction of another celebrity, Anthony Jacob Hinkle, who came to the Reunion to celebrate his great grandfather and family’s arrival in America 300 years ago! We were delighted to have “Jake”, his baby sister, mom and dad join us.



Charles and Cathy Hinkle always come up with great ideas. This year they contacted several Henckel Family Members who donated gifts for our members. We had over 150 members attend the reunion and they were so fired up by Cathy, that it took two pictures to capture them all. Thank you Daddy Hinkle and Suzan Vande Velde!!

New Hanover Lutheran Church

New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, circa 1767 and Cemetery, early 1700’s, still are in continual use today! Beautiful!!!

After a wonderful buffet dinner served by The Crowne Plaza, Reading, Richard told us about all the sights we would be visiting on Saturday morning. First. we would visit the Boone Homestead, where the Boone family settle in 1717. The Boone’s and Henckels were, obviously, friends as we had learned at our 2012 Reunion in NC.

Daniel Boone Birthplace

Saturday morning our first stop was at the Boone Homestead and Museum. We had four stations set up for our members to visit.


Our first station, Calligraphy writing was a hit with all the kids that attended the reunion and a lot of adults tried it, too. All agreed, that they were a lot faster with their computers, than they were with a quill pen!


Station #2 included a tour of the Boone home and a self guided tour of the basement which contained a spring for water and plenty of food storage. The Boone’s headed to the basement if attacked by Indians.



A few of our members walking between stations enjoying the fresh country air, after a brief shower.


New Hanover Lutheran Interior

Lee Wesner, New Hanover Lutheran’s Historian, tell Henckel family members about the church and its history. Remember the sanctuary dates back to 1767. Amazing!

New Hanover Lutheran #3

A different perspective of the 1767 sanctuary at NHLC. Beautiful!

Henckels at New Hanover Lutheran #1

Lee and the church had all of our members full attention. What a great presentation he gave! 

Anthony Geiger tombstone

We did not get to walk the NHLC Cemetery due to soggy ground caused by a hard rain. One of our members took this picture of Anthony Geiger headstone. Anthony was the oldest son of Valentine and Frederica Henckel Geiger. Both Frederica and Valentine are buried in the cemetery, however, their gravestones are unreadable, and their location are not known.


We then moved to NHLC’s Picnic Pavilion for a delicious lunch, prepared and served to us by the church’s chef, Chris Fatzing, and his staff. After lunch Richard Henkel gave a presentation on the location of The Henckel and Geiger properties. He noted that they contained 500 acres and at one time contained the Geiger and Henckel’s homes, as well as, the Geiger’s large dairy farm. At the end of his presentation the group drove to it’s next site, where the Henckel-Geiger home(s) were once located.

Aerial view of Meadowview Farm today

Richard continued his presentation at what he and Greg Adamson had concluded from their extensive research was the last 52 acres of property that was sold of their original 500 acres purchased in 1717 to 1718. The 52 acres contained the original Henckel home, that was bought by the Geiger’s in 1739. The location is at the intersection of Layfield Road and Big Road and sat on the banks of the Swamp Creek, as the aerial view shows. Cora Curry told us from her 1927 visit to the property that this was where the Henckel-Geiger home was located. The home sat on a knoll across the driveway from the small building at the bottom of the picture. Again, just as Cora had described in 1927! Unbelievable, the house remained in this location until the 1960’s, when it was destroyed by fire!! All buildings shown in the picture were built around 1990. The original Geiger home was on the other side of Swamp Creek, it was destroyed by fire in 1726.

St. Augustus Lutheran Trappe, Pa

Our last stop on our Tour was at St. Augustus Lutheran’s “OLD Church” located in Trappe, PA. The church was built by Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg in 1742 – 1743, and is still used during the summer months and at Christmas.


Some of our members entering the sanctuary of “The Old Church” for a presentation to be made by the church’s Tour Guide, Jennifer Wentworth.

 I know the picture is not clear, but but the voice are, as our members sing “Amazing Grace”, which concluded our best reunion ever!!!                                        

We hope that you enjoyed the pictures taken at our 2017 Reunion in and around New Hanover, PA.



32 thoughts on “2017 Family Reunions – New Hanover, PA”

  1. Jaime Feliciano said:

    This is the information I have with my research (if it is correct)……Do you have a family tree anywhere?

    Abraham Eschmann Henkle (1749 – 1815)
    6th great-grandfather

    Catherine Hinkle (1776 – 1862)
    daughter of Abraham Eschmann Henkle

    Barbara Sites (1796 – 1849)
    daughter of Catherine Hinkle

    William M Iman (1821 – 1883)
    son of Barbara Sites

    Esau Malcolm Iman (1855 – 1940)
    son of William M Iman

    Royal Esau Iman (1891 – 1957)
    son of Esau Malcolm Iman

    Virginia Lee Iman (1925 – 2004)
    daughter of Royal Esau Iman

    Ricky Ray Delph (1953 – )
    son of Virginia Lee Iman

    Jaime Lee Delph (Me) (1982 – )
    You are the daughter of Ricky Ray Delph

    • Just sent you an email with information on how to verify and expand your family tree. For others that read this, The Henckel Genealogy is the best source to create or verify your Henckel(Hinkle, Henkel, Henkle, Miller, Coiner, and so on). It is available only through our Association and all information on attaining one is available by going to PUBLICATIONS on this website.

  2. marylou halupa said:

    i am a member of the henckel assoc, 7th branch. i live in oregon, and have been to a handful of reunions here. i learned about the 300th celebration last summer at our oregon reunion in portland. exciting! i would appreciate hearing from you as the details for this amazing event come together. my ‘people’ came to portland and philomath by wagon train in 1852 and 1853, the later being the henkle train. i am now retired and want to spend more time on learning the great stories! please keep me informed of the plans.

    marylou danielson halupa

    • Mary Lou:

      I just checked our records and we do not show you as a current member of “The Henckel Family National Association”. You must be a member of the Association to receive our newsletter that is published twice a year (Nov. and March). The March Newsletter will tell you about our Reunion in New Hanover, PA which is where our family started its life in America in 1717.

      Please go to the Tab Member on this website and it will give you instructions for becoming a member of the Association, so you will once again receive our Newsletters. Annual dues payment are required to remain an active member of the Association.

  3. Anthony Jacob Henkel (7th) great grandfather
    Johann Justus Henkel (6th)
    Jacob Henkel married Mary Barbara Teter (5th)
    Barbara Hinkle married Jacob Adam Helmick (4th)
    Hannah Helmick married Daniel B Hardway (3rd)
    George Washington Hardway married Barbara Jarvis (2nd)
    Ellen Hardway married Archibald H Boggs (great-grandparents)
    Jacob S Boggs married Alice Melinda Davis (grandparents)
    Clyde Edward Boggs married Shirley Irene White (parents)
    Me – Carolyn

  4. Billie Lee Rammelsberg said:

    I wish that I could have made it to the 2016 Henckel Reunion, but I went to my Nail/Ray Family Reunion just the weekend before the Henckel Reunion and we couldn’t leave our furry friends (our cats) home alone any longer. Looks by the pictures that you had a good time and saw a lot of stuff that interests me. I would love to come to the 2017 Reunion in PA if I could talk my husband into it. My ancestor was Asa Henkle & his first wife Sarah Plummer & their son Jacob Titus Henkle. Asa Henkle and his second wife Anna Micheals came to Garrison, Benton Co., IA..
    Your Henkle Cousin
    Billie Lee Alcott-Rammelsberg

  5. Thanks Charles, it was a great experience learning about all of our cousins that lived and prospered in Staunton and my great grandfather and grandmother that lived in Waynesboro which is my childhood home town!

  6. Charles Coley said:

    Congratulations to Richard Henkel for creating and nurturing an exceptional and outstanding Reunion in Staunton. He was totally committed to making this reunion special. He made many trips to Staunton and Waynesboro preparing for the event. It is apparent from the pictures that he accomplished his dream for the event. Congratulation – Richard!!!!

  7. Emma Hinkle said:

    I am Emma Hinkle I am married To David Hinkle. We have an autobiography of Anthony J.Henckle written by one of his Great Great Many Great Granddaughter. We would love to come to the reunion in 2017.

    • We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Reunion in Pennsylvania in June 2017. Continue to follow us on our website and also join our Association, so you will receive updates on attending the Reunion.

  8. Hugh Cooke Ladd said:

    I am Siram P. Henkel’s great grandson. I am 64 years old and live in Huntington WV. My mother was Margret Lucille Renalds Ladd. I would like to know who the living descendants of Siram P. Henkel are and where they live.

  9. Jaye Drummond said:

    Is the sword a recent discovery? I don’t remember reading about it or seeing it before. I am a descendant of Johann Justus Henckel through his son Jacob (1733-1779), then Benjamin (1765-1792), and Gideon (1786-1869).

  10. Thanks to my sister, I was just informed in the last week about my lineage in the Henckel/Henkle/Hinkle family tree. John Justus Sr. was my 7x great grandfather. She also showed me a picture of the Hinkle’s Fort marker in WV. Very cool!

    It appears John’s grandson, George Henkle (John Justus Jr.’s eldest son), relocated to Fayette County, Ohio. And his grandson, John Collins Henkle, must have been the one to relocate to Clark County, Ohio. He owned land in (naturally) German Township there. He was my 3x great grandfather.

    And then I discovered this website and learned there is a Henckel family association. Also very cool.

    I’ve also discovered there seems to be a lot of Hinkles in the Ft Worth, TX area. Is this a branch of the family tree? If so, I’d be curious to know which.

    Lastly, are there no pictures available from the reunion held in Springfield, Ohio? I’d be very curious to see those as that is the hometown of my great grandfather, grandfather, and mother.

    • Barry, first thanks for checking our website out. The site has only been in existence since late 2012. We put pictures of Reunion that we had back to around 2007. Secondly, the last time and only time, a Reunion was held in Springfield, Ohio was 1996. I am not aware of any pictures of that Reunion being available, in the coming year we will be publishing a book on the Reunions from 1965 to 2015 (50 continuous years). If pictures are available we will find them in our research and publish some of the ones we find in the book. Lastly, to my knowledge we have no members of our Association that live in Texas, so I can not answer your question on what Branch they may represent.

      If you do not have a Henckel Genealogy, you may want to purchase one. They currently are out of print, but as it states on our website, you can find them on Amazon.com or on eBay.com in either print versions or on disk. We hope to have our own source for the print version in the next couple of months. We hope that you will consider joining our Association, our 2017 Reunion in Germantown, PA at St. Michael’s Lutheran will be of great interest to anyone who wants to know more about where they came from. As you no doubt sqaw, all information on joining is on the website. Thanks again for your interest, Richard Henkel – Webmaster.

      • Phillip Hinkle said:

        Barry, I’ve lived in Grapevine (suburb of Fort Worth) since 1989 and have been a member of the Association for probably the last 15 to 20+ years. So, I’ve maintained an interest in Rev. A.J. Henckel. But, because of my distance from the east coast, I’ve never been an active member of the association. I mostly just read the newsletters. I have visited St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown and visited New Market, VA sites about 3 or 4 times. I would not have been able to visit sites here in the United States without the remarkable job the officers do in keeping the association active.

        I just returned last week from Germany. I visited the first church where Rev. A.J. Henckel served as a pastor (Eschelbronn), which is also the only church in Germany with a memorial tablet commemorating Rev. A. J. Henckel. I stayed with Marius Golgath and his family. Marius is the author of the only German book on Rev. A.J. Henckel. While there, we visited the nearby Daudenzell church, which is the last church in Germany where Rev. Henckel served as pastor before he came to America. The altar and bell tower that were standing when Rev. A.J. Henckel was pastor are still standing, and we were allowed to climb to the belfry where the 500 year old bell still rings hourly.

        I’m from the 5th branch. If you want to chat sometime, feel free to call me. My number is in the phone book. Phillip Hinkle

  11. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates
    and will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

    • Please see TAB – Membership. You will find the forms necessary to join our Association and also for donations to projects that we are working on. Our major efforts at this time is raising money to help St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown, PA. The church was formed in 1728 by Anthony Jacob Henckel and is the site of our 2017 Reunion. Anthony Jacob and his family came to America in 1717 and the Reunion will celebrate our family’s 300th year in America!

      The Association also mains a cemetery in the Germany Valley where John Justus Henkel and some of his family are buried. The site of the Hinkle Fort used our troops in the Revolutionary War is located on land adjacent to the cemetery. Our Reunion in June will be held at this site and others throughout the Valley.

      Thank you for your compliments on the website, we hope you will join our Association!! Richard Henkel

  12. I will be in Costa Rica this reunion.I will make the next one.

    Geoffrey Taylor

  13. Jodi Mattingly said:

    Have the dates for the 2015 reunion been scheduled yet ?

    • Dates have not been issued for 2015 Reunion in Riverton, WVA yet. However, looking at the calendar indicates that they will probably be June 12, 13, 14th.

      • Cheryl Dumaine said:

        Would sure like to get the information about dates, places to stay, etc as we will be coming from California. The sooner we get it the sooner we can get our reservations. Thanks.

      • Please look under Newsletter Tab and you will see date of upcoming Family Reunion – June 19-20-21 – headquarters will tentatively be in Moorefield, WVA. The family Association is in process of
        finding a hotel/motel to handle our members. Further details willbe forthcoming in our Spring Newsletter in late March o early April. We look forward to seeing you at the Reunion!

  14. I am descended from Christian Henkel from Philadelphia that married Isaac Harman and moved to Harman Hills, WV about 1770. Please send me info about the Riverton, WV dates for 2015 reunion. (vmidoc@hotmail.com,)

    • For information to be sent by mail to you, you must join the Association. The information will be on this website in March for your review if you do not want to join. We would like to have you as a member,
      so please go to membership to learn how to join.

  15. Stephanie Ebert said:

    John Justus Henkel is my 17th uncle!!!!

  16. Judy Brand said:

    Please put me down for the reunion in 2015!

  17. Kim Garvey said:

    Yes I am a descendant of the Henckel family and live in Ontario, Canada but wish to be contacted about the ReUnions and other information. I have never been there in USA yet!!!

    • Kim, the Reunion this year will be in and around Conover, NC. It is always held in the middle of June, so coninue to check the web page. I would suggest that you become a member of the Association, so that you will get mailers on the Reunion and other info on the Association. You can do this by following the directions on the web page. The dues are $10.00 per year.

      Richard Henkel

  18. Pat McRowe said:

    I am a descendant of “Jost” Henckel, through his daughter Margaret and George Teter. I would like to be informed about the 2014 reunion.
    Thanks, Pat McRowe

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